Rodney L. Robertson is the Executive Director, Auburn University Research Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As the Executive Director, Rodney is responsible for providing the leadership and management to grow Auburn University’s research portfolio in the Huntsville area. This will be accomplished by leveraging the research capabilities of the Auburn University faculty, students, and facilities to meet the research needs and opportunities in Huntsville within the mission areas of defense and aerospace engineering, business, and health science.
Previous to this position Rodney served as the Director, Technology Center, which is part of the Research, Development, and Acquisition element of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) located in Huntsville, Alabama. As the Director, Rodney was responsible for managing the research, development, test, and evaluation activities for the Army’s space and missile defense programs.
Rodney has more than 36 years of professional experience in science, engineering, and management covering a broad spectrum of activities in advanced technology, research, design, development, and test and evaluation. Rodney was a member of the U. S. Army Senior Executive Service from 2001 until 2010. He has served as the Acting Director, Sensors Directorate; the Associate Director, Technology, and Deputy Director, Technical Center; and Director, Test and Evaluation Directorate, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. He also served on a special assignment as Director, System-of-Systems Directorate, PEO Missiles and Space. In December 2005, he was named the Director, Technical Center, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Rodney earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Rodney serves on the Auburn University Alumni Engineering Council and the Auburn University Industrial Advisory Board for Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He also serves as the President of the Southeastern Cyber Security Foundation which executes the National Cyber Summit that is held annually in Huntsville Alabama to bring government, industry, and academia together to discuss cyber security issues. In addition, he serves as a past board member for the Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association’s Board of Directors and the Cyber Huntsville Board of Directors.
Rodney is married to the former Tawana Fricks. They have a son, Tyler and a daughter, Brittany.